STARTING today, the Cebu City Government will implement a centralized garbage collection system in close to 50 lowland barangays.
Officials of the participating barangays will no longer have to individually collect garbage because City Hall’s Department of Public Services (DPS) will take charge of the daily collection itself.
Mayor Michael Rama, who announced the change yesterday afternoon, said he expects it to answer complaints about the lack of efficiency in the city’s garbage collection.
He said that because of an international boxing event in April that will gather tourists, the city needs to be cleaned up.
Rama, along with DPS, department heads and lawyer Jade Ponce, chair of the Cebu City Solid Waste Management Board, met with most of the barangay captains in the Rama compound.
All those present signed a manifesto, signifying that they agreed to the centralized collection of garbage.
It stated that the barangays have failed to efficiently collect garbage because of the closure of a waste transfer station in Barangay Inayawan; the poor condition of some garbage trucks; ineffective systems in the barangays; and the lack of discipline among some residents, as well as garbage truck drivers and loaders.
The maintenance of most of the garbage trucks has been the lookout of the barangays after the City started to dump its waste in a private landfill in Consolacion, following the closure of the Inayawan Sanitary landfill.
Under Republic Act 9003, segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable garbage is the primary task of the barangays, while the City is mandated to collect the residual and special wastes.
“Human sa konsultasyon nga misangko niining dakong panagtigom, kami nagkahiusang mosunod sa kamanduan nga naumol diha sa pagbutang sa among pirma uban sa pag-uyon sa muntar sa sentralisadong pagpangolekta sa basura sa dakbayan sa Sugbo (After this consultation, we agree to abide by the centralized collection of garbage in the City of Cebu),” reads a portion of the manifesto.
Rama confirmed that the captains of Barangays Guadalupe, Labangon and Tejero were not present during the manifesto signing yesterday, but were already made aware of the move.
Since last month, City Hall has taken over the garbage collection in these three barangays after Rama said that he saw piles of uncollected garbage in these areas.
As part of the agreement, barangays will have to return the garbage trucks that the City Government issued to them.
All of these barangays’ garbage truck drivers and loaders are also directed to report to DPS starting today.
Engr. Dionisio Gualiza, chief of the DPS, said that the garbage trucks will be sent out starting at 4 a.m. every day.
The dispatch area for trucks in the south will be the DPS Compound in the South Road Properties, while that of the
northern barangays will be the Sewerage Treatment Plant in the North Reclamation Area.
Right now, City Hall has 32 garbage trucks for the south and around 20 for the north.
Asked until when the City intends to centralize garbage collection, Rama said it will only be returned to the barangays when the garbage collection system has become more efficient.